Shock in France as Emmanuel Macron dissolves parliament, calls election

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced he will dissolve parliament and call early legislative elections after the far right defeated his centrist alliance in European Union polls.

The first round of elections for the Lower House National Assembly will take place on June 30, while the second round will take place on July 7, Macron announced in an address to the nation early this morning.

The outcome of the European elections, he acknowledged, “is not a good result for the parties that defend Europe”.

Macron noted that, including the highest-scoring National Rally (RN), far-right parties in France managed to take almost 40% of the votes in the European elections in France.

“Far-right parties… are progressing everywhere on the continent. It is a situation I cannot resign myself to,” she said.

“I have decided to give you the choice… So tonight I will dissolve the National Assembly.

“This decision is serious and heavy but it is an act of trust. Trust in you, dear compatriots, and in the ability of the French people to make the best choice for themselves and for future generations.”

The RN list, led by Jordan Bardella, 28, obtained between 32.3 and 33 percent of the vote compared to 14.8 to 15.2 percent for Macron’s alliance led by his Renaissance party, according to projections of several surveys.

Macron warned on Thursday that the EU risks being “blocked” by a large far-right presence in the European Parliament after this week’s elections.

The election results also mark a critical moment as eyes turn to the 2027 French presidential vote, where Macron will not be able to run again and RN figurehead Marine Le Pen figures she has her best chance of winning at the Elysée.

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